Paul Turok

  • Paul Turok studied composition with Karol Rathaus at Queens College, Roger Sessions at the University of California (Berkeley) and also at Princeton, and with Wagenaar and Mennin at Juilliard. After serving in the Korean War in the early 1950s, he taught at CUNY, and was visiting Professor of Composition at Williams College.

    His orchestral works were performed world wide, and included premieres by the Cleveland Orchestra, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony, the New Jersey Symphony, and the Louisville Orchestra, as well as in Bogotá, Paris and Tokyo. His catalogue also included opera, and works for band and chamber ensemble. Turok’s orchestral work for the millennium, Reeling in the Y2K (subsequently known as Reeling in the New Year) was heard for the first time at a special concert by Richard Kapp and the Philharmonia Virtuosi at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art in February, 2000.

    Paul Turok was also a noted critic. Prior to founding “Turok’s Choice,” a monthly review of new classical recordings, in 1990, he wrote monthly columns for Music Journal and Ovation Magazine. He was also a regular contributor of classical record articles to the New York Times, and a frequent guest critic on the nationally syndicated radio show, First Hearing.

    Biographical references to Paul Turok can be found in the New American Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, Who’s Who in America and The International Who’s Who in Music.

  • Cover Title (Subtitle) Duration Instrumentation
    21506 Chartres West
    8:00 3(dbl. Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(dbl.Eb Cl. / B.Cl.) 3(dbl.Cbsn.) – 6 4 4 1; Timp. Perc. Pno.(Cel.) Hp. Str.
    21507 Clap, Cluck, Count
    Three Interactive Pieces for Children and Orchestra
    16:30 2(dbl. Picc.) 2(dbl.E.H.) 2 2 – 2 2 2 1; Timp. 3Perc. Str.
    21510 From Sholem Aleichem
    3(dbl. Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3-4(Eb Cl.(opt.) / B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 3Perc. Hp. Str.
    21511 Homage to Bach
    20:00 1 2(E.H.) 2(B.Cl.) 1 – 1 1 1 0; Timp. Perc. Str.
    10046 Reeling in the New Year
    A Brief Diversion for Classical Orchestra
    4:30 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 0 0; Timp. Str.
    21515 Richard III: Prelude
    8:00 2(dbl. Picc.) 2(dbl.E.H.) 2(dbl.B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1;Timp. Perc. Hp. Str.
    21517 Two Pieces for Orchestra from Richard III: The Court (Minuet); Battle Music
    10:00 picc./2/2/ – 4 3 3 1; Timp. 2Perc. Hp. Str.
    21518 Variations on an American Song
    9:00 3(dbl. Picc.) 3(dbl.E.H.) 3(dbl.B.Cl.) 3(dbl.Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Timp. Perc. Hp. Str.
    Orchestra with Soloist(s)
    21504 Canzone Concertante No. 4
    15:00 Solo cello; 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 0 0; Timp. 2Perc. Pno. Hp. Str.
    21505 Canzone Concertante No. 5
    18:00 Solo violin, piano; fl.(3) (picc.), ob.(2),, cl.(2),, bsn.(2); hn.(4), tpt.(2), tbn.(3), tba.; timp., perc.(2)
    21508 Concerto for English Horn or Alto Saxophone and Strings
    15:00 Solo English Horn (Alto Saxophone); Str.
    21509 Concerto for Two Violins and Orchestra
    15:00 Solo Vln. (2); 2 2 2 2 – 2 2 2 1; Timp. Perc. Str.
    21512 Lyric Variations for Oboe and String Orchestra
    13:00 Solo oboe; str.
    21514 Richard III
    Opera in four acts
    Full evening Solo soprano, mezzo-soprano, alto, tenor (7), baritone, bass (2) voices; SATB chorus; 2(dbl. Picc.) 2(dbl.E.H.) 2(dbl.B.Cl.) 2 – 2 2 2 0; Timp., 2Perc. Hp. Str.(opt. Cbsn. Hn. 3-4, Tpt. 3, Tbn. 3, Tu.)
    21516 Scene: Domestic
    Chamber opera in one act, nine scenes
    18:00 Solo soprano, mezzo-soprano, baritone voice; 1 1 1 1 – 1 1 0 0; Pno. Vcl. Cb.
    Band / Wind Ensemble
    21513 Rhapsody for Band
    16:00 picc., fl.(2), ob.(2), Eb cl., cl.(3), bsn.(2), a.sax.(2), t.sax., b.sax.; hn.(4), tpt.(2), cor.(3), tbn.(3),, tba.; timp., perc.(3)

  • Richard III (Act I)
    Richard III (Act II)
    Richard III (Act III)
    Richard III (Act IV)
    Richard III (Prelude)